Sustaining Access Responsibly with Controlled Digital Lending

Throughout the pandemic, the Libraries here at UF have worked to ensure continuous access to the research and educational materials students need. This is especially critical for students who rely on print materials available through our Course Reserves program, since this service has been electronic-only for the past year. Xuan (Lily) Pang, Director of Access & Resource Sharing, and Perry Collins, Copyright & OER Librarian, offered a series of workshops in March-April 2021 throughout Florida on our approach to this challenge.

This work was supported by the Florida Division of Library and Information Services and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the CARES Act.

Webinar slides

A public version of the workshop slides are available.


Webinar opportunities

Note each webinar featured the same content. Webinars were not recorded, but we are happy to share about this work with other libraries, students, and instructors.

Tampa Bay Library Consortium

March 16, 2-3pm Eastern

Northeast Florida Library Information Network

April 6, 10-11am Eastern

Panhandle Library Access Network

April 20, 9-10am Central

Webinar overview

As libraries have struggled to provide access to print collections during the pandemic, we have found creative solutions that leverage staff expertise and help connect patrons with the books, journals, films, and other resources they need. At the University of Florida, we have launched a pilot program that implements controlled digital lending as one way to ensure our students have reliable, affordable access to materials they need to be successful. This session will give an overview of our planning process, including how we navigated copyright questions, and a demonstration of our current workflow. We will also share lessons learned and future plans and will leave time for discussion.

Additional resources

Implementation video

A video created by Xuan (Lily) Pang and Todd Digby at UF with further implementation details is now available.

About the presenters

Xuan (Lily) Pang, Director, Access and Resource Sharing, University of Florida
Xuan (Lily) Pang is the Director of Access and Resource Sharing Department at George A. Smathers libraries at University of Florida. Xuan’s role is to support the teaching and research goals of University of Florida faculty, students, and staff, by facilitating access to resources in circulating collections, and through interlibrary loan and document delivery services, print and electronic course reserves, and consortia resource sharing partnerships. Xuan (Lily) has more than 10 year’s professional experience in academic libraries. Previously, Xuan (Lily) Pang was the Head of Resource Sharing and Course Reserves Department at the Healey library at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Perry Collins, Copyright and Open Educational Resources Librarian, University of Florida
Perry Collins is the Copyright and Open Educational Resources Librarian at the University of Florida, where she works with students and educators on campus and beyond to navigate copyright dilemmas and promote affordable access to learning materials. Before coming to UF, Perry was a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities.